Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is ‘conscious’ after being admitted to hospital for stem cell treatment, a nurse has revealed.
French newspaper Le Parisien claimed on Monday that Schumacher, who has not been seen in public for almost six years following his skiing accident, had been taken to a Paris hospital for ‘secret treatment’.
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And now, the paper has quoted an unnamed nurse in cardiology saying: “Yes he is in my service.
“And I can assure you that he is conscious.”
Schumacher’s management have declined to comment on the latest report.
Schumacher has been recovering at his family home in Lausanne, Switzerland since sustaining serious head injuries in December 2013. There have been few updates about his well-being in the six years since.
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To coincide with his 50th birthday last January, the family issued a rare statement, saying they ‘are doing everything humanely possible’ to help the seven-time world champion, and ‘that he is in the very best of hands’.
The wall of secrecy, enforced at the request of Schumacher’s wife Corinna, was established to protect one of the biggest names in modern sporting times.
But writing in his forthcoming book, Nick Fry, who worked alongside Schumacher for three years at Mercedes, believes the sporadic offerings about a driver who won a record seven world championships, 91 grands prix, and commanded a following of millions around the world, are not enough.
“Corinna and the family have kept a very tight control on information about his treatment which, I think, is a pity,” Fry writes in his book, Survive. Drive. Win.
“There are millions of people out there who have a genuine affection for Michael, and that’s not just his fans in Germany or fans of Mercedes Benz.
“Because of what he achieved, people would like to know about his condition; they are inquisitive and they genuinely feel for him.
“I do think that reporting on how he is, regardless of whether it is good or bad news – and possibly it is bad news – is important because people can empathise with him.”